The Board Members of Quirino Province discuss the provisions of the resolution supporting the House Bill providing magna carta for disaster workers. (Photo courtesy of PLGU Quirino)

CABARROGUIS, Quirino–The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Quirino province has approved a resolution expressing its full support to a congressional bill that seeks to provide a magna carta for government workers involved in disaster risk reduction and management.

The Provincial Board said it is high time to have a law protecting the welfare of officials and employees who are involved in disaster response operations considering the risks in their work.

There were several bills proposed in Congress relative to the creation of a Magna Carta for disaster responders such as House Bills 3108, 4112, 4490, 5105, 5405, 5545, 5650, 6029, 6739, 7778, 8738, and 9073.

Recently, the House Committee on Disaster Resilience approved in principle an unnumbered substitute bill for the legislative proposals of the Magna Carta for public disaster risk reduction and management workers, which the local legislators supported.

In SP Resolution No. 29 series of 2024, the legislators stated that the proposed bills were consolidated into one to promote and improve the socio-economic, and psychological well-being as well as develop the skills and capabilities of emergency responders and volunteers.(PIA Quirino release).#